Weirdly enough , I mostly write at the downtown studio. I am always writing for my books, my blog, or online courses and this is alot of how I spend my time. Unlike my rug hooking, I love being distracted from my writing. I can barely drag my arse out of the chair to grab a bite to eat when I am hooking a rug. When I write, though I am all a flitter. I am like a house fly, buzz buzz, buzz, lighting from one idea to another. I jump up at the opportunity to go out to greet someone when they walk in the door. I go to the store for milk. I rinse out the sink and do the dishes even. Anything that will let me get up from my chair. This is not good, you know, but it is who I am, and I am used to it. So I discipline myself.
Today when someone walked in, I got up and met them and offered her a cup of tea. She said, “You are a goddess” , just for offering her a cup of tea. She meant it, right at the moment, she meant it, because she was dying for a drop of tea. it is such a simple offering really. A bag in a cup, a bit of hot water, but it warms you up so good, and makes you feel as if you belong somewhere. We are glad here to offer you a cup of tea. Sometimes we are over run and cannot, but I tell you if we don’t offer, just tell us you are putting on the kettle for yourself. We’ll be ok with that.
A bit of tea is a bit of comfort, a release from the simple stresses that sometime overwhelm us. It is a tiny retreat on an ordinary day. So it’s nice to think that just for a minute you were the goddess of tea for someone. That you offered them a cup of warmth, and that you softened their day just a little, and made their way a bit more comfortable.
Today, my friend, Carol, told me that her daughter has a tattoo that states her life philosophy.
I said, “What is it?”
And she said, “Be Nice”
As always, it is the simplest of things. We can write ourselves a mission statement that is twenty pages long, or we can just adopt a simple philosophy like, be kind, be good, be nice, the same words our mothers admonished us with when we were five and misbehaving.
Be the Goddess of Tea.